Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 Miles
  • Wind: 20-30 knots W this morning, dying down to 1-10 knots by night
  • Sky: cloudy with some sun
  • Water: choppy this morning, calming throughout the day

Boats/Visitors

  • Saw a few ecotours go by
  • Jeff and a student from the college came by quick to drop off some food for me.

Ecological

  • The 3 lone male elephant seals have left the older pup alone so far which I am very happy about.
  • The dominant male and female have been mating every day for the past week.

Census

  • California Sea Lions – 130
  • Stellar Sea Lions – 94
  • Elephant Seals – 7  (four adult males, one adult female, two pups)
  • Seagulls – 285
  • Bald Eagles – 7
  • Black Oyster Catchers – 30
  • Black Turnstones – 15
  • Harlequin Ducks – 10
  • Canada Geese – 4
  • Cormorants – 75

More Male Elephant Seals

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-10 N/NE
  • Sky: cloudy in the morning then cleared up by afternoon
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Saw a few ecotours go by today
  • Two workers from Environment Canada came by for a few hours to inspect the weather monitoring equipment on the top of the lighthouse.
  • Kyle came out to deliver fuel and brought a student from Pearson college to see the island.

Ecological

  • There are now three other male elephant seals hanging around.
  • The older elephant seal pup has been sleeping away from the elephant seal family (dominant male, female and weaner) for the last few days now and the other males are starting to become interested in it. I really hope they don’t attack it!

Sunbathing Sea Lions

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-10 N/NE
  • Sky: sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: mostly calm, bit choppy at times

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a few ecotours go by today
  • New batteries were installed for the main energy systems. The generator will only need to be run once a week for 2-4 hours rather than 2-4 hours a day! Huge decrease in carbon footprint.

Ecological

  • The sea lions and seals were enjoying the sun today
  • Lots of black turnstones running around the lawn throughout the day
  • An eagle flew right over me and my friend right when she arrived to say hi.

Growing Pups

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-15  N/NE
  • Sky: cloudy with some sun
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Didn’t notice an ecotours today
  • Kyle came by with some food and a new cart for wheeling fuel around. New batteries for the generator and energy system are getting installed tomorrow which will greatly reduce the amount of time we will need to run the generator! Very exciting.

Ecological

  • Haven’t seen the young tagged C887 seal again
  • The elephant seal pups are getting so big, can’t believe how fast they grow. The weaner is so noisy, especially at night.
  • Lots of eagles and black oyster catchers out again today.

Sunshine and Elephant Seals

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-25 NE
  • Sky: sunny
  • Water: choppy, 2-4 foot swells

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a few ecotours and divers go by today, no visitors

Ecological

  • There has been a consistent number of bald eagles, cormorants and black oyster catchers the past few days.
  • Elephant seal pups and mother are doing well. Still hanging around very close to the main house.
  • A younger male started to approach the female today but Bernard (the dominant male elephant seal) was quick to assert his presence and drive the young bull off.
  • Been able to see Mount Baker very well the last few days with the sunshine and clear skies.

C887 Returns

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-15 NE
  • Sky: sunny
  • Water: mostly calm, bit choppy at times

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a few ecotours go by today, no visitors

Ecological

  • Lots of black oyster catchers and cormorants out today
  • Two other male elephant seals are still hanging around the island, mostly been minding their own business and sleeping away from the pups and female.
  • Young female elephant seal with tag number C887 was by the jetty all day.

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-13 knots, NE
  • Sky: Sunny with some clouds
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • a couple ecotours went by today as well as the Rockfish diving boat

Ecological

  • The dominant male elephant seal has been attempting to mate with the mother of the weener several times a day. Most attempts are unsuccessful though.

Notes

  • Been having trouble with the website lately and am unable to upload photos. SHould be fixed soon though.

Growing Pups & Upgrades

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 3-15 NW
  • Sky: Sunny
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Not much boat activity today aside from the usual commercial freighters
  • Had some technicians come out to look at upgrading the internet routers for the island which is exciting. Lots of upgrades happening lately to the energy systems here which will greatly reduce the amount of fuel needed to burn everyday to keep things running out here.

Ecological

  • The pups continue to grow and get bigger by the day.
  • Lots of eagles and harbour seals on the south east rocks still.

 

Gale & Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 Miles
  • Wind: 20-35 knots NW
  • Sky: sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: very rough

Boats/Visitors

  • one eco tour boat passed by the island

Ecological

  • The elephant seal family have been hanging around very close to the house lately, right in front of the door! They don’t seem to mind me coming and going and taking the odd picture too much though.

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 97
  • California Sea Lions – 100
  • Harbour Seals – 12
  • Elephant Seals – 6  (3 males, 1 female and 2 pups)
  • Cormorants – 74
  • Gulls – 165
  • Bald Eagles – 11
  • Black Turnstones – 15
  • Black Oystercatchers – 7
  • Canada Geese – 2

Notes

  • Had gale force winds all day today, at least the sun was out though!

 

Eagles & Harbour Seals

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 Miles
  • Wind: 3-10 SW
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • a few eco tours went by today

Ecological

  • Large group of about 12 bald eagles on the south east rocks today, mostly juveniles without the white heads with 3 or 4 adults.
  • Around 10-12 harbour seals on the south east rocks as well with at least 1 small pup.

Other

  • Had a few small DND blasts go off today